Fowler beats Tiger at home and at the World Challenge

From FOX Sports - December 3, 2017

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP)Rickie Fowler isnt winning as much as he would like. Hes still undefeated against Tiger Woods over the last month.

According to Fowler, anyway.

They played in Florida as Woods began working toward a return to competition from his fourth back surgery. Woods said it was young players like Fowler, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger who motivated him, encouraged him and at times helped him understand where his game was at.

Fowler and Woods both left the Hero World Challenge with plenty of optimism for the new year.

Fowler rallied from a seven-shot deficit by opening with seven straight birdies and closing with an 11-under 61, the course record at Albany Golf Club, for a four-shot victory over Charley Hoffman that moved him to No. 7 in the world.

Woods had three rounds in the 60s, and even with back-to-back bogeys, he closed with 68 on Sunday and tied for ninth in the 18-man field. It still was his best result since a playoff loss in this holiday event in 2013 when it was held at Sherwood Country Club in California.

Im excited the way this week has gone on, Woods said. It was a very good week.

As for those matches in Florida?

I didnt lose, Fowler said.


I was 1 down after nine and he went to go play nine holes with Sam, Fowler said, referring to Woods 10-year-old daughter. I think we both shot 65 on a day that it wasnt playing easy, typical kind of south Florida wind. It was never like a match was given to anyone.

There were other times when they played for fun. More than who lost the bets and for how much was that Woods was playing again, and playing a lot.

Its been cool to see Tiger able to be back playing at home, or even here, just out having fun and healthy, Fowler said. One of the times we played 18 holes, I was going to go back to work out. And he went and played another nine.

As much as Woods gives credit to Fowler and the kids for bringing him along, maybe it was Woods who helped Fowler.

Fowler had taken off five weeks after the Presidents Cup when he played two rounds with Woods to get ready for the OHL Classic in Mayakoba, Mexico, the only official PGA Tour event he played in the fall portion of the schedule. Fowler shot four rounds in the 60s and finished one shot behind Patton Kizzire.


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